(Reuters) – Germany’s justice minister said on Thursday the country’s Roman Catholic Church appeared to be shrinking from independent scrutiny after bishops sacked a top criminologist they had hired to investigate clerical sexual abuse….

…Norbert Denef, a spokesman for the Netzwerk B group for victims of sexual abuse, said the German Catholic Church’s action showed it remained unable to accept responsibility for clerical sexual abuse.

He urged politicians to make reporting and prosecuting abuse cases a legal obligation to prevent institutional cover-ups.

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